The Downey Legend

Life Continues Under New Jersey Quarantine


04/27/20: “In the morning after I take a shower I have breakfast, then talk on the phone with 
my sisters or friends, while I do some chores.  I live in the northern part of New Jersey; we have been having cold and rainy days so going to the backyard isn’t possible.  My family 
and I are doing puzzles. We select movies that we all like and watch them together.
We have been following the social distance; if we have to go grocery shopping, we try to get 
everything we need all at once so we don't have to go as often.”

Yasmine Jreisat, Podcaster

May 30, 2020

Standhope, New Jersey, USA. All photos provided by interviewees. 

Peruvian Family Finds Comfort In Individual Pursuits During Quarantine

“Because I am constantly working with all people with the virus, I made the decision to not live inside my house so I can protect my kids and my wife. I am living across the street in an RV for the majority of the week” (Translated from Spanish)

Jezabel Perez, Podcaster

May 27, 2020

Los Olivos District, Lima, Peru. All photos provided by interviewees. 

Cautious Doctor Puts Family First

“Because I am constantly working with all people with the virus, I made the decision to not live inside my house so I can protect my kids and my wife. I am living across the street in an RV for the majority of the week”

Katherine Portillo, Writer

May 26, 2020

Downey, California, U.S. All photos provided by interviewees.

Quarantine Gives Way To Scavenger Hunts

4/26/20: “I placed them [bunny drawings] all around the living room in the most obvious locations to see if they would see all of them quickly. But, first I tested my sister to see if she could find all of them and it took her about 1 minute and 40 seconds to find them all. The one in the kitchen was the one they all struggled finding for some reason. So they were trying to find all 4 but they were struggling. My sister and I started laughing at them because they had passed by the last one like three times. When they found all four I asked them which was their favorite. The one in the kitchen was their favorite because it was cartoony. Then I told my parents that one of the reasons I drew bunnies [was] to honor our pet bunny that we loved. Then my mom told my sister and I to go to the room so she could hide all the eggs in the living room. We did the little scavenger hunt as a family. My parents were watching us look for all of them while giving us clues.”

Jocelyn Rosillo, Writer

May 26, 2020

Los Angeles, California, U.S. All photos provided by interviewees.

Giving Birth In Quarantine

4/25/20: “It’s scary because over the news you hear about people dying. I was scared and I wore a face mask. Only one person was allowed into the room unlike my last pregnancy, [so] I was so happy to come home. It’s difficult because we have to tell people no they can’t see the baby as a precaution to not get her sick. They’re seeing the baby through videos, Facetime, and it’s crazy! I’m panicked; it’s really hard to do everything (anybody can get her sick) - emotionally draining.”

Jocelyn Rosillo, Writer

May 25, 2020

Compton, California, U.S. All photos provided by interviewees. 

Covid Heaps Responsibilities Onto One College Student

4/22/20: “For me the quarantine has affected every aspect of my life; being stuck at home has forced me to have more responsibilities. I have to balance being a full time college student and keeping up with all the work that I’ve been assigned. It’s been a lot more stressful because my professors have been assigning a lot of work that makes it hard for me, especially since I have to also watch after my two younger siblings. One also has online courses and needs a lot of attention being in 1st grade. I have to help him with his assignments while also watching over my other brother who is only 2 years old; he requires a lot of attention. My mom’s hours have also changed at work and now that she works more hours; I’m basically the only one running the household. The thing is I also have to attend mandatory Zoom lectures and that’s also difficult because I can’t focus on my classes due to all my responsibilities. And I’ve been having to do a lot more around the house. I have a lot of chores such as picking up after my siblings and doing laundry [and] making meals. And it’s been taking a toll on me because I feel overwhelmed with everything going on, especially with my mom being on the front lines. She comes into contact with people with the virus daily so we have been taking extra precautions at home and sanitizing everything. A family friend recently passed away of covid and it was really scary for my family. It was scary for my family because this family friend lives only 5 mins. away from us.”

Jocelyn Rosillo, Writer

May 25, 2020

Lynwood, California, U.S. All photos provided by interviewees.  

5th Grade Nicaraguan Student Finds Peace In Embroidery

4/26/2020: “ Well, what I do during my quarantine is embroidery, listen to music and play with my puppy. But what I tend to do daily is embroidery because it keeps me busy and it is relaxing. I also have to take time to do my class work and after I am done, I get to spend time chatting with my classmates. Finally, before I go to bed I get to watch Disney movies.”

Natalie Ramirez, Photographer

May 23, 2020

Managua, Nicaragua. All photos provided by interviewees. 

Nicaragua Denies The Persistence Of Covid

04/27/2020: “This topic about coronavirus is a bit alarming since it has spread worldwide.  While some people are worried and taking precautions, others have decided to stay calm and pretend that nothing is going on, as is the  case in Nicaragua.  Currently, the president of Nicaragua has been taking this very lightly. Our country is not on quarantine and everyone is still going to work as if nothing is happening. The only thing left for us to do is to take care of ourselves and to take our own measures for protection such as using masks, gloves and continually washing our hands. The government did not issue the safer at home ordinance for public schools so students are still going to school. However, in the private schools, parents have taken the initiative not to send their children to school and they are receiving their education online. Private companies have also taken measures to keep their clients safe.  Some companies have placed sinks outside their buildings, or have provided access to hand sanitizers. Some companies have also provided masks to their employees. The situation in our country is quite alarming because even when we might hear of one or two reported cases of COVID-19, it is not long before they are quickly discredited saying that they were false reports. The country is not displaying the true numbers of cases with COVID-19 to avoid panic in the country and doctors are not allowed to disclose that information publicly.”

Natalie Ramirez, Photographer

May 23, 2020

Managua, Nicaragua. All photos provided by interviewees.

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